Judges for the 2015 Business Awards of Macau

Our esteemed panel of judges have extensive experience and significant knowledge of the business environment in Macau, with a wide variety of backgrounds. Find out more about their credentials below.



henry-brockmanHenry Brockman is a banking and finance professional working for Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, SA on the “Lisboa Palace” project in Cotai. Previous to that he was with CITIC Ka Wah Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; and Lloyds Bank International. He is President of the General Assembly of the Macau European Chamber of Commerce, and Vice Chairman and founder of BBAM – the British Business Association of Macao.


jose-braz-gomesJosé Braz-Gomes in 1982 started his overseas assignment in BNU Macau. In 2010 he was appointed General Manager of the Offshore Subsidiary of Caixa Geral de Depósitos. He is also VicePresident of Macao Military Club. He was a member of the Chief Executive Election Committee.


paul-tsePaul Tse is the Executive Director of Golden Crown Development Limited. He is also President of The Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers, and Honorary President of The Asian Association of Management Organizations. Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of The Macao Chamber of Commerce, and member of several Macau SAR Government councils.


paula-lingPaula Ling, has been a lawyer in private practice in Macau since 1993 and a notary public since 1997; she was a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Macau Special Administrative Region and of the Selection Committee of the Chief Executive of the Macau S.A.R.; member of the Macau Lawyers Association’s committee, she also has been the chairman of the Macau Lawyers Superior Council; member of the People’s Congress of China; member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Macao S.A.R. under the Standing Committee of the same Congress and a member of the Election Committee of the Chief Executive of the Macao S.A.R.


rutger-verschurenRutger Verschuren, a Dutch national, is since 2010 Chief Operating Officer – Hospitality Division of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd (Macau) with assignments, among others, to support Artyzen Hospitality Group, the hotel management subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd, with management of their properties in Macau. He was previously Managing Director of Sheraton Macao Hotel and Vice President Operations of Dusit International. He is currently Chairman of the French Macau Business Association and Vice President of the General Assembly of MECC.


terry-sioTerry Sio, a Macau-born entrepreneur, is the president and founder of Rainbow Group. Over the past 30 years, Terry has nurtured Rainbow Group from a single store in Macau to one of the leading European luxury brand retail networks in China and Macau, with over 150 points of sale in more than 20 cities in China.


kok-seng-vongVong Kok Seng is involved in a variety of service and industry business. He is currently Vice-President of Directors Board of Macao Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Board member of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce). He participates actively in a number of commercial and charity associations, as well as Government Committees. He was conferred with the medal for Industrial and Commercial Merit.



albano-martinsAlbano Martins is economist and entrepreneur, former head of the training center of the Monetary Authority of Macao, Financial Director of Nam Van Development Company, columnist of Jornal Tribuna de Macau (JTM), Vice-Chairman of Macau Management Association (MMA) and President of Anima – Society for the Protection of Animals.


filipe-cunha-santosFilipe Cunha Santos arrived in 1982 as Executive Director of CTM Macau, and Asia Pacific Director of Portugal Telecom. Became Chairman of the InMedia Asia Group of Companies. Member of Macau Economic Council and of Science and Technology Council. President of the Portuguese Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and the Macau Wine Society.


frederico-ratoFrederico Rato graduated in Law in 1974. Practiced Law in Portugal between 1979 and 1984, and has been practicing in Macau since 1984. Licensed private notary in Macau since 1991. He is a member of the Registration and Notary Council and for the Consultative Committee for the Legal Reform.


pak-hung-lauLau Pak Hung is the CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in Macau. He is also the Vice-Chairman of The Macau Association of Banks and a council member of the Macau Management Association. Joined HSBC in 1986, he held various management positions including a number of overseas assignments over the past 29 years.


paulo-a-azevedoPaulo A. Azevedo is the CEO of Project Asia Corp., a media holding that includes De Ficção – Multimedia Projects, the publisher of Macau Business, Business Intelligence and Business Daily. His group includes as well Global Asia Media, that publishes the magazine Essential Macau, and the companies Signature Events, MBSK Events and the creative agency Goldfish.



alexandre-correia-da-silvaAlexandre Correia da Silva is Legal Counsel of Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A., since 2002. Worked 12 years in the Portuguese Ministry for the Administrative Reform. He was Inspector of Economics Activities in Macau for 2 years, after opened a private practice as lawyer together with Amélia António and Henrique Saldanha


alice-costaAlice Costa was born in Macau in 1969. She graduated in Law in 1994 and was nominated by the Macau Government as a judge for the First Instance Court in 1997 where she is working until now.


anabela-ritchieAnabela Ritchie is a member of the University Council of the University of Macau, a member of the Executive Committee of University of Macau Development Foundation and also a member of the Board of Trustees of Macau Foundation. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly for 6 mandates (1976-2001), having been the President from 1992-1999. She was also a member of the Council of Judicial Magistrates from 2003-2015.


antonio-conceicao-juniorAntónio Conceição Júnior was Macau Museum Director, Macau City Council Director for the Cultural Department, Designer, Art Director, Art Photographer, Illustrator, Honorary President for Life of M.D.A., member elected from the Portuguese Fine Arts Society, Honorary International Fashion Consultant for Beijing and Dalian since 1994. He is presently proprietor of ARS CIVES Consultancy, Cultural Consultant, chronicler and writer.


antonio-felix-pontesAntónio Félix Pontes holds a Licentiate in Finance and a Master Business Administration. He joined the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) in April, 1980 and retired in August, 2015 (35 years and 4 months of service). Presently, he is acting as Adviser to the Board of Directors of AMCM and represents this institution in the Macau Institute of Financial Services, where he is the Chairman of the Executive Board


bruno-ascensaoBruno Ascenção a Portuguese Bar Association registered lawyer since 2002, he has been practicing in Macau since 2005. His main practice areas are gaming, corporate and litigation.


donal-shawDonald Shaw is Vice President, Strategy & Business Performance at CTM. A long–term resident of Macau, he has held a number of senior roles across product management, marketing, wholesale, business development, engineering and sales. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the British Business Association of Macau.


jacky-so-yuk-chowJacky So Yuk-Chow is the dean and Chair Professor of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Macau. He is also Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management and Executive Director of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance, and board member of the Global Finance Journal, Journal of International Business, and several organizations. In 2014, he was visiting scholar in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Asia and Pacific Department and received the Education Leadership Award at the award ceremony of the Asia’s Best B-School Awards 2014 held in Singapore. Prof. So is the first from Macao to receive this award.


james-cheok-son-chuJames Chu Cheok Son was born in Macau. He is Director of Shidu Art Consultants, Chairman of Macau Designers Association, member of Committee of Cultural Industries, in the Government of Macau S.A.R. Famous designer, artist and curator.


joao-francisco-pintoJoão Francisco Pinto is the chairperson of the Portuguese and English Press Association of Macau, an organization set to uphold the basic principles of freedom of the press and freedom of speech in Macau. His career spans more than 20 years, during which time he has worked as a newspaper, radio and TV journalist. Currently João Francisco Pinto is the News Controller at TDM, Macau’s public broadcaster. Recently, he was elected as the chairman for ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union) News Group for a three-year term.


joao-rodrigues-monteiroJoão Rodrigues Monteiro got a degree in Finance. He was former head of Internal Audit of Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM). Has extensive experience in the fields of finance and accounting, since 1973. Is also a registered auditor in CRAC of Macau Tax Bureau. Currently is administrator of GEP-Project Managers Ltd.


jose-i-duarteJosé I. Duarte is a university lecturer in Economics, while also writing regularly in the local press on economic and social issues. He graduated in Economics at the University of Coimbra and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics by the University of London, UK.


larry-so-man-yumLarry So retired from Macao Polytechnic Institute (IPM) last year but took up part time teaching after retirement. He taught social work in IPM and worked in this field in Hong Kong, Canada and USA. He is concerned about Macau’s social and economic development and its impact on the local community. He has thus advocated policy addressing the issues such as betterment of social welfare, poverty and pathological gambling, from the Government.


manuela-antonioManuela António’s experience was centered at the Ministry of Finance of Portugal, prior to being appointed Chief of the Taxation and Excise Services in Macau. Resuming a passion that dates back to 1975, in 1986 she left to open her private practice as a lawyer and private notary.


mary-hoMary Ho moved to Macau in 1983 and has been a Director of McMac Co. Ltd. (McDonald’s Macau) since its formation in 1985. She also served on the Executive Committee of the International Ladies Club of Macau (ILCM) from 1987-1990. She is a long time supporter of Ronald McDonald House and Half the Sky organizations.


oscar-chanOscar Chan (PhD, MA, B.Comm, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow) has been the Director of Macau Institute of Management as well as the Director of Facility Management Development Centre since 2007. Oscar has extensive experience with proven track records in strategic planning, operation and management, education, corporate training, staff development and consulting.


pawin-sriusvagoolPawin is the GM and Head of Zung Fu Motors (Macau), the exclusive retailer of Mercedes-Benz cars in Hong Kong and Macau. Pawin is in charge of the overall operations of Mercedes-Benz in Macau. In addition, Pawin also serves as the coordinator for Jardine Matheson businesses in Macau.


pedro-cortesPedro Cortés has a Law degree at the Portuguese Catholic University and a Post Graduation in International Management. He has been a lawyer since 2003 and is a member of the Macau Lawyers Association, of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and of the International Association of Gaming Advisers. He is also a Part-time lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Celebrating 2015’s Greatest Achievements

In its third year, the Business Awards of Macau is proud to present 2015’s finalists that have made exceptional contributions towards the development and growth of Macau’s economy. The response from the different business sectors, has been extremely optimistic and encouraging, and proves how much business culture and entrepreneurship are developing in a city that is considered one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Business Awards of Macau congratulate all candidates, not only for their expertise and achievement, but also for their enthusiasm in accepting this exceptional challenge and opportunity to be recognised publicly as leaders and pioneers in their different business areas.

The members of the Judging Panel selected 38 candidates for their performance and achievements throughout ten different categories. The finalists will be recognised and the Excellence winners and Gold winners will be announced during the awards ceremony and gala dinner, on November 26th, at the Grand Lisboa Grand Ballroom.



brand_mandarim_winnerMandarin Oriental entered Macau in 1984 as one of the city’s first international hotel brands, and was located where the Grand Lapa Hotel is now. Since then, it has been committed to promoting Macau as a lifestyle and entertainment destination by offering distinctive hotel packages and special dining experiences along with service and expertise. In 2010, the hotel opened a new property situated in the heart of Macau business, entertainment and luxury retail district; part of the mixed-use complex, One Central. Through 31 years of dedication, Mandarin Oriental has become one of the iconic five-star luxury brands in Macau. The hotel offers a variety of stylish, contemporary venues, all with waterfront views through towering glass walls. The Mandarin Oriental is the only five-star hotel in Macau that does not has casino.


brand_icbc_winnerIndustrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau) Limited (“ICBC Macau”) is a group member of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (“ICBC”), which holds its 89.33% interest as at the end of 2014. ICBC Macau is the result of a merger between the former Seng Heng Bank Limited (“SHB”) and ICBC Macau Branch (“Macau Branch”), and was renamed as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau) Limited (“ICBC Macau”) upon completion of the acquisition. ICBC Macau has been awarded the “Best Bank in Macau” by the The Banker , Global Finance and World Finance for several consecutive years since its establishment. ICBC Macau was recently ranked the third strongest bank in Asia Pacific Region per their balance sheet according to Singapore-based Asian Banker Research. ICBC Macau was scored 4.13 in terms of strength of balance sheet by the report, of which its scale and asset quality were given full marks.

Excellence Award


brand_sgEstablished in 1973, Scientific Games (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a diversified supplier of technology-based products and services related to the gaming and lottery industries. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada with nearly 9,000 employees worldwide, Scientific Games serves customers out of manufacturing and operational facilities based in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. In November 2014, Scientific Games acquired Bally Technologies, in a transaction valued at $5.1 billion to create a larger gaming, lottery entertainment, and technology company. Following its acquisition of Bally Technologies, the Scientific Games portfolio of products and solutions grew to include casino management systems, table products such as automatic shufflers, proprietary table games, electronic table systems and electronic gaming machines. In 2013, Bally Technologies also acquired SHFL entertainment for $1.3 billion in a deal that combined two complementary gaming-technology companies.


brand_dancingIn 2005, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-chairman and CEO, Mr. Lawrence Ho, in collaboration with the international creative mastermind Mr. Franco Dragone, created a vision to bring together the best in the entertainment world and tailor-make a gift for Macau. That vision set a start for the five years of creating, meticulous planning and rehearsing for The House of Dancing Water. With a HK$2 billion investment, solely funded by Melco Crown Entertainment, The House of Dancing Water, set in the specially built Dancing Water Theater, saw its debut in 2010. Over the past five years, The House of Dancing Water has grasped spectators’ attention worldwide. The never-seen-before production combines theater, dance, gymnastic artistry and high-performance diving, all of which push the physical boundaries of human performance, and leave audiences amazed and astounded. It has also bestowed multiple international and regional awards. Today, it has become the must-see attraction of Macau, putting the City on the map as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure.



newt_leong_winnerCradle of Hope Association Member and Volunteer “Gigi, has been working in our association for about 15 years. She has been a big blessing to our center. She works hard and long hours. She loves the children and has done so much sacrifice for them. She is my right hand and supports me in everything I need. When I learnt about the New Talent award, I really thought about her. I can’t repay her enormous support; she has really been a key person to our association. Through this opportunity, I just would like to honor her work and let her know that we have been taking note of everything. We really appreciate her dedication!” Nominated by Ms. Marjory Vendramini, President, Cradle of Hope Association

Excellence Award


newt_olintoDirector of Business Development & Events, MCI Group Macau Ltd. “Olinto’s local knowledge proves invaluable for clients and his willingness to achieve is second to none. His rapport and negotiation skills with local suppliers and relationship with staff in the industry has ensured an accurate timeline and execution of the production of the events he has managed. His belief is that every event is a unique journey and an opportunity to inspire guests.” Nominated by Mr. Peter Hassal, Managing Director, MCI Group Macau Ltd


newt_stephenWorkshop & Business Development Manager, SuzoHapp Asia Ltd. “I would like to nominate Stephen Ng for this category due to his “leadership” in “social responsibility” & dedication to improve technical training access to Macau’s next generation. Combined with his technical ability to manage & develop worldly recognized “Innovation” in product development. Stephen Ng has delivered this and much more with outstanding business ethics, tireless input, passion, patience & persistence in both learning and perfecting any task given by any customer, college or partner, these collective efforts were instrumental to our business success in Macau today and global recognition. We would certainly not be in the Business position we are today without this amazing individual. I strongly recommend Stephen Ng for this award & acknowledgment in his achievements to date.” Nominated by Mr. Simon Broad, Vice President of Operations Asia, Suzo Happ Group of Companies – Transcity Asia, Chinatec & Sytopas


newt_keithTalent Acquisition & Human Resources Director, Sheraton Macao Hotel. “Keith Cheung, Director of Talent Acquisition for Sheraton Macao and The St. Regis Macao recognized the need to make hiring much more efficient for the two Starwood properties in Macau. In January 2015, Keith decided to implement change. Recognizing the potential of a new hiring system called “Talkpush”, Sheraton Macao and The St. Regis Macao became the world’s first hotels to actually use this new tool to minimize the time spent screening candidates and to create more opportunities for quality interviews. As a result, the interview to offer ratio has been significantly improved and the talent acquisition team can now hit the same hiring targets with fewer interviews.” Nominated by Mr. Kay Petry, General Manager, Hotel Operations, Sheraton Macao Hotel



nonprofit_special_winnerSince its establishment in 1987, Macau Special Olympics (MSO) has been dedicated to providing sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. MSO consists of three major departments: Department of Sports, Department of Administration and Department of Social Services. The organisation do not only endeavor to give their athletes opportunities to develop physical fitness, but also, to help them gain self-confidence and learn necessary working and social skills that empower them to be more accepted. Every year, MSO organises events and programs covering a variety of aspects, such as sports training, vocational rehabilitation and special education.

Excellence Award


nonprofit_goodGood Shepherd Sisters are an International Religious Community, present in 70 countries worldwide. In 1990 they founded in Macau the Good Shepherd Centre, a crisis shelter for women and girls in difficult, marginalized or distressing situations. The majority of the women who come to the Centre, often accompanied by their young children, are victims of domestic violence. More than 90% of the cases are local residents and Chinese from the mainland, but the Center also extends their help to other nationalities. In 1998 Good Shepherd Sisters Women’s Mutual Help Centre was founded for single parent mothers. In addition to the shelter and community service, the Good Shepherd Sisters are involved in education projects relating to women’s issues and committed to raise awareness for problems such as domestic violence and human trafficking, among others.


nonprofit_laydiesThe International Ladies Club of Macau (ILCM) is a non-profit organisation, which engages in projects that help to support over 20 charities in Macau, for the last 32 years. ILCM has organised many fund raising events and activities to help abandoned babies, neglected and abused children, children needing protection, women and children victims of domestic violence, forgotten elderly and disadvantaged disabled, victims of drugs abuse, and students with talent that requires financial assistance. For ILCM, helping charities is not just about money; it also raises awareness in the community regarding the institutions that need support. The organisation’s activities are run 100% by volunteers, who use their skills and their time to help others and support the Macau community.



sme_small_winnerSmall World Experience is a local company that has offered events management services and team building solutions for corporations since 2008. The company provides support for events production from A-Z, according to their clients’ needs – from gala dinners to entertainment to training to product launches. Small World claims to be one of the largest teambuilding and team-bonding companies in Macau, offering an ample portfolio of activities, such as Dragon Boat Race, Beach Olympics, Wine & Gourmet Casino and Sky Drumming at Macau Tower, among others. In the entertainment field they offer traditional Chinese performances, dance, live music and performing arts. Small World is also the local representative of Airstar Hong Kong and the franchisee of Human Rhythms in Macau.

Excellence Award


sme_palPAL Asia Consult Ltd. was established in Macau in 1978, with a staff of 98 people locally employed. The company’s core business is engineering consulting services, most specifically planning, design, project management, construction supervision and construction management. Covering areas as diverse as transportation, the environment, civil engineering and urban planning, PAL Asia has been involved in the territory’s major construction works including the Macau Ferry Terminal and the New Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport, Grand Prix Infrastructure, Macau Waste Water Treatment Plant, Flor de Lotus Bridge, Conde São Januário Hospital, and Macau Dome, to name but a few.


sme_netcraftNetcraft is a local company that provides Information and Communications Technology (ICT) offering a strong technical force, specialising in various types of networks and systems Infrastructure, enterprise network security, virtualisation and Cloud infrastructure, and IT infrastructure management. The company focuses on customer needs and continuously provides different types of solutions. With the support of worldwide vendors, Netcraft provides customers with end-to-end integration IT services including IT planning and consulting, design and implementation of software solutions, IT systems operation and maintenance, systems integration, equipment leasing outsourcing, technical support service contracts, maintenance, and various other services. Hence, Netcraft supports enterprises in planning and executing strategies, so that customers can utilise high-tech products and solutions to extract more business value from IT resources.


sme_greatestThe company founder moved to Macau in 2004, believing that the real estate industry was a promising business opportunity due to the growing number of hotel and casino openings. Greatest Properties was founded in 2009, and in six years the company has acquired eleven branches and one head office. In 2014, Greatest Group was established, with business interests in estate agents, sales planning, measuring valuation, project development, bidding, auctions, investment, immigration, land sales, legal advice, tenancy management, mortgage referrals and interior design. Their intention is to provide clients with comprehensive, one-stop agency services.


sme_greatGreat Time was founded in 1986 as a local food and beverage distributor and wholesaler. The company is the sole agent for more than 150 international brands and distributes over 4,000 products. The scope of products includes wines and spirits, non-alcoholic beverages, food and groceries, luxury consumer goods, and a wide selection of cold cuts and frozen meats from around the world. Great Time clients range from retail to restaurants, hotels, and casinos, to government departments, companies and direct customers. The company claims to have a sales turnover, which has increased in double-digit percentages every year, with a market penetration of 90%.